Jake Parenteau congratulates Kent Patterson on his seventh shutout of the season.
About Last Night
Minnesota snapped a two-game skid with a 3-0 home win against Bemidji State. Zach Budish scored two first-period goals and Nick Bjugstad added a power-play strike in the second frame. Kent Patterson made 13 saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season.
Minnesota won its 20th game of the season last night. This year is the first time that the Gophers have won 20 games since the 2006-07 season (finished that year with 31 wins). Minnesota won 16 games in 2010-11, 18 games in 2009-10, 17 games in 2008-09 and 19 games during the 2007-08 season.
Adding To The Record
With 13 saves last night, Kent Patterson recorded his seventh shutout of the season, adding to the single-season school record he set with a 5-0 win against St. Cloud State on Nov. 19 for his sixth of the year. Patterson passed Shane Madolora of RIT for the national lead in shutouts, as well. The senior netminder also improved to 20-11-1, making him the first Gopher goalie to reach 20 wins in a season since Kellen Briggs went 21-6-3 in 2005-06. Patterson, who dating back to last season has played the last 3192:31 in net for the Gophers, has made 20, 20, 17, 22, 24, 30 and 13 saves in his seven shutouts this year.
With its win last night, the Gophers are now 8-1-0 against other schools from Minnesota this season. They are now 1-0-0 against Bemidji State, 3-1-0 against St. Cloud State and 2-0-0 against Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State.
Minnesota's three goals and six assists last night were all recorded by a player who has freshman or sophomore eligibility (redshirt sophomore Zach Budish had two goals). The Gophers have 312 points this year (117g-195a) and the freshmen (66 points) and sophomore (181 points) classes have combined to score 247 points (79.2 percent) of those points. They have also scored 91 goals (77.7 percent) dished out 156 assists (80.0 percent).
Minnesota held Bemidji State without a shot on goal for the first 11:35 of Friday's game. After conceding just two shots on goal in the first period, the Gophers allowed just three shots in two combined periods of play a home dating back to a 2-1 win over St. Cloud on Jan. 27. At Mariucci Arena, Minnesota allowed one shot over a 33:27 time span that included the final 21:52 of the game against SCSU and the opening 11:35 of Friday's game against the Beavers. The Gophers also allowed 20 shots or less for the tenth time this season after allowing more than 20 in every game in 2010-11.
Three With 30
Freshman Kyle Rau had two assists last night and now has 30 points on the season. He is the third Gopher to hit the 30-point mark, joining Nick Bjugstad (36) and Erik Haula (32). The last time Minnesota had three 30-point scorers was the 2008-09 season when Ryan Stoa (46), Jordan Schroeder (45), Jay Barriball (33) and Cade Fairchild (33) all eclipsed the mark. Rau is the first freshman to hit 30 points since Schroeder had 45 points (13g-32a) in the 2008-09 season.